So, you have some family or friends in town and you’re looking for some ideas on how to keep them entertained…Well, look no further, because we’ve got a list of the top things to do in Seattle’s Backyard. Here are some of the top attractions just south of Seattle.

What Are the Best Things To Do with Visiting Family in Seattle Southside?

  1. Seattle Chocolate Factory Tour
  2. The Museum of Flight
  3. iFLY: Indoor Skydiving
  4. Virtual Sports
  5. Westfield Southcenter
  6. DEFY
  7. Des Moines Beach Park
  8. Bowlero South Seattle

In case this isn't enough, here is the complete list of Seattle attractions.​

 

1. Seattle Chocolate Factory Tour

Seattle Chocolate has been the premier chocolatier of the Emerald City for decades, so when they decided to open their factory in Tukwila for tours, those of us with a sweet tooth were elated. The tours don’t disappoint, either. Learn about their sustainably sourced cocoa beans, see the chocolate making process, and try several different delectable delights on this foodie favorite tour.

Seattle Chocolate Tour Seattle Chocolates Experience Chocolate Tour Seattle Chocolate Tour Factory Worker making chocolate

2. The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight works to instill that sense of wonder and desire to take to the skies through awe-inspiring exhibits showcasing their massive air and space collection. From WWI/WWII fighter planes, to an original Air Force One, to the space shuttle trainer that the Apollo astronauts trained in, this is one world-class museum that can’t be missed.

The Museum of Flight museum of flight
The Museum of Flight The Museum of Flight

3. iFLY: Indoor Skydiving

If you’ve ever wanted to skydive but you’ve been too afraid to jump out of a plane (or didn’t want to cough up the cash), iFLY is a great place to start. The 10-story vertical wind tunnel gives the sensation of skydiving without the fear of a faulty parachute. Step inside and feel the wind lift you off your feet! The best part about iFLY: ages 3 to 103 are all welcome to try it!

Kids Flying in the Tunnel at iFLY Indoor Skydiving iFly

4. Virtual Sports

Virtual Sports has taken live gaming into the future. This is laser tag for the 21st century. Think of it more as a live-action Call of Duty experience with replica rifles, thrilling game types, and even zombies. In addition to laser tag, Virtual Sports also boasts an arcade, modern virtual reality experiences, nerf battles, and more!

Virtual Sports Virtual Sports Zombies Virtual Sports

5. Westfield Southcenter

The largest shopping center in the Pacific Northwest, Westfield Southcenter is a great place to stop for big box and boutique shopping. Not to mention, there’s a diverse selection of restaurants, attractions, and even a movie theatre on the top floor.

Westfield Southcenter shopping mall, AMC theater and escalators

6. DEFY

Defy, the newest attraction to hit Seattle Southside is a blast for everyone. Think of it as a massive trampoline gym mixed with American Ninja Warrior. It’s a free running/parkour paradise that kids and adults can both enjoy. It’s also a fun way to get a workout in, just be sure to pace yourself as there’s a lot of fun to be had in this metropolis of joy.

Flying Circus kid Kids playing in the foam pit at Defy (formerly Flying Circus)

7. Des Moines Beach Park

The beautiful and scenic “hidden gem” of Des Moines, the Des Moines Beach Park is a great place to be for those sunny summer days. Pack a picnic and enjoy the wide-open spaces, breathtaking views of Puget Sound, and fresh air. Stick around for the evening when you can catch one of the most stunning sunsets in Western Washington.

Des Moines Beach Park Des Moines Beach Park is perfect for a picnic in Seattle Southside

8. Bowlero South Seattle

Bowling has evolved at Bowlero South Seattle. With over 30 lanes, billiards, shuffleboard, arcade, a full bar, great food, and a whole lot more, Bowlero is quite popular on weekends. Try bowling on a Friday or Saturday night to experience their signature “Cosmic” bowling, when they turn the lights off and the lanes blue as you bowl to your heart’s content and sip delicious fishbowl cocktails.

ACME Bowl people bowling in the lanes